The Lord Be With You Today!

Isaiah 50:11
But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches,
go, walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze.

(The Lord has just encouraged those who are floundering and without hope
to look to Him and trust in Him, relying on Him for His provision and guidance.
Now, He addresses those who refuse to walk in His way,
those who try to make their own way, try to depend on their own resources,
those who try to maintain their own control
who try to be their own God and Savior..
After pleading with them to allow Him to be their Source and Provider,
in answer to their refusal of His offer, He turns them over to their own devices.)
This is what you shall receive from My hand:
 You will lie down in torment.

(Even more than leaving them to their own devices,
the Lord clearly tells them the result of their rebellious determination,
that the sad consequence of their path will be sorrow and ultimate darkness,
that the blaze they set to light their own way will actually be their doom.
Because we so often still today try to walk in the light of our own making
and in the path we have laid out for ourselves, trying to control our world and those in it,
the Lord's warning against going our own way is based on His love for us,
and today He offers us the light of His presence and His provision and His guidance
to ensure that our lives are encased in His best interests for us.)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ's love,


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